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Feature 5 | LNG AND LPG CARRIERS Oman Drydock handles first LNG carrier


Te completion of works on Muscat LNG represents an important milestone for Oman’s new shiprepair yard in Duqm.


O


man Drydock Company (ODC), which opened for business in 2011, has recently received its


first LNG carrier, Muscat LNG, owned by Oman Shipping Corporation. As part of a mid-term service, Muscat LNG was drydocked at ODC for 11 days towards the end of the year. The scope of the work carried out


by ODC on Muscat LNG included the mechanical cleaning of the main boilers and the fire sides. Te tanks were also pressure tested and the LNG cargo pumps, the ballast pumps and the safety and mounting valves for the main boiler were overhauled. Te cable hangers and cables were renewed in five separate locations, 20 sets of new cable supports for the cable way were fitted, while the core wires were modified in tube type fluorescent light. Furthermore, aſter a package of standard maintenance works, the hull of Muscat LNG was repainted by the yard. Following the repair project at ODC, the ship loaded LNG at Qalhat Terminal and leſt for the Far East.


LNG Muscat arrives at Oman Drydock. Since its soft launch in April last


year, ODC has been gradually stepping up its operations and is set for a full commercial launch in February this year. In the first eight months through to the end of 2011 the yard docked around 45 vessels of various types. One of the main initial target markets for ODC is the LNG tanker sector and so the arrival of the 145,000m3


Muscat LNG was a significant


event, demonstrating its capabilities in this field. LNG ships, however, represent just one


of a number of areas where ODC feels it can make ca mark. Te yard has already converted a cruise ship into a floating hotel, Veronica, for Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), which is operating and managing the yard under an initial ten year deal, and is using the converted floatel to house ship owner and class society representatives and other visitors to the yard. ODC has also recently docked a cement carrier, Raysut 1, for the Raysut Cement


Company, Princess VII, a car carrier, for Kobe Shipmanagement, and Oasis Energy’s 109m crude oil tanker, Oasis 1. The ODC facility, located within the


port of Duqm, includes two of the biggest drydocks in the Middle East region, both capable of taking vessels up to 410m in length and docking ULCCs up to 600,000dwt size. The yard also has 2800m of berths for alongside repairs and is equipped with 14 jib cranes with capacities ranging from 40tonnes to 100tonnes. In addition ODC has a 10,000m3


slop and sludge treatment


facility, that makes the yard a ‘one stop shop’ for vessel owners avoiding the need for ships to go elsewhere before docking at Duqm. Tere is also an incinerator and a chemical treatment plant located inside the shipyard, strengthening its green credentials. Further expansion of the yard’s facilities


is anticipated. Indeed ODC is planning to build an 80,000dwt panamax floating dock using its own facilities and resources. If all goes to plan, this dock will be operational by 2015. SRCT


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Shiprepair and Conversion Technology 1st Quarter 2012


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